Zuckerberg’s Regulation Gambit Is a Scam

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The writing is on the wall, and Mark Zuckerberg has finally noticed. Facebook’s litany of failures finally generated enough heat to push Zuckerberg to publish a call for regulation of his company and the social media space in general. I’ve long called for better oversight and accountability for these social media giants and the role they play in our public life, but Zuck’s suggestions ring hollow; like the words of a man whose hand has been caught in the cookie jar, arguing for more sustainable distribution of the cookies he’s already stolen. It’s time to treat these companies not as…

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Trump is having the best week — ever

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Well, what a week for Donald J. Trump. First, Mueller and his partisan pack of wolves ended their witch-hunt, realizing that even with the awesome power of the special counsel and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars they couldn’t turn a fairytale into fact. The abbreviated report released by Attorney General Bill Barr showed that Mueller cleared Trump of any charges of collusion. While some on the left and in the Democratic Party think that there is some hope for obstruction of justice, someone should probably tell them that was always the weakest of the potential charges against Trump. The…

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The Mueller Dud

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The release on Sunday afternoon of Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the Mueller report confirmed what everyone with a few brain cells and common sense knew two years ago: there was no collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government. While the charge was ludicrous on its face, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report has now removed all doubt surrounding it. The shame of it is that the Mueller investigation—driven by hyperpartisanship and using the power of the legal and justice system to litigate political and policy differences by those who refused to accept the 2016…

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Information Darkness Is Coming (Unless…)

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Just over six years ago, I attended Google’s Political Innovation Summit in New York City. Over the course of the day, it dawned on me that, in the not-too-distant future, Google and other social media companies like Facebook and Twitter would have the power to control and manipulate information flow in unforeseen and dramatic ways. That power would give the tech giants the ability to manipulate elections and policy debates and even to re-define what free speech actually means. That future has arrived. In the last week alone we’ve seen Google attempt to make a co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore,…

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In failing to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democratic Party is tolerating itself to death

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If you are shocked at the Democratic Party’s timid response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s numerous anti-Semitic remarks, you shouldn’t be. It just means you haven’t been following Democratic politics, and more specifically, progressive politics, the last few years. This is the end result of a party that has become infected by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement targeting the state of Israel’s right to exist, and the progressive movement that has embraced the absurdity of intersectionality and moral equivalency. There is a reason that Nancy Pelosi lacks the courage to forcefully denounce Omar’s rhetoric, and lacks the will to…

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